So aside from being one of “the good, the bad and the ugly” radio bands ever cranked out by the FCC why doesn’t CB Radio get any recognition as a Part 15 service?
Sure it’s full of trouble makers, sound effects and foul language but there is a good side to this radio service. Some people including myself have managed to use this 2-way communication service for it’s intended use.
It is a great hobby if you can manage to steer clear of the negative side of things.
I recently got back into cb radio after installing my stock Cobra 19 into our Jeep Grand Cherokee for use on the highways and interstate as well as when we are off roading in 4WD in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky.
But i didn’t stop there, my wonderful wife bought a stock Cobra 2000 GTL on Ebay for me the other day as a gift for well, i am not really sure..i must have done something right lol
So probably tomorrow that will be here via FedEx and will take it’s rightful place on my desk right next to the computer monitor. I said stock for a reason. For nearly 18 years i had been in the hobby but with modified radio’s and probably maybe a linear or two.
I took a long 6 year break from the hobby.
CB Radio is already so noisy now i see no reason to add more to the band by adding a poorly filtered amplifier to the mix. This time i will not be tempting fate or the fcc visit and keep both the mobile radio and base station stock. Meaning 4 watts and no more than that.
My preferred mode of communications is SSB or single side band with the fcc approved 12 watts PEP (peak envelope power) and i plan on using a dipole antenna at ground level in the inverted v configuration. I am amazed that we found a CB Base station of this vintage that hasn’t been hacked into or modified in anway. It is all original and must have been taken care of because i have never seen a Cobra or any other cb radio in such great shape.
So really, why does cb radio get such a bad rap? I think it is like am or fm, it all depends on how you use it or abuse.
What are your thoughts?